Nate Young: “Hey, Sam, this book is amazing. We should all read it together. I can’t think of anything else lately.”
Sam Gould: “Awesome. How about Saturday?”
THE UNDERCOMMONS READING GROUP
We’ll be reading Stefano Harney and Fred Moten’s The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study at Beyond Repair. We’ll talk, consider how the text applies to present American realities both across the nation, as well as here in MPLS. We’ll take what we can, and see where it leads.
We’ve printed and bound a few hardcopies to begin with. Come early to get your own – FOR FREE. We’re hoping to read the first section before Sat. 30th of January. If you can’t stop over at Beyond Repair to get a copy, here’s a pdf to begin your reading.
The Revolution in Music / The Music in Revolution
ed. by Anthony Romero & Matthew Joynt
Coming in early March, 2016…
To resist regulation, regimentation, and normalization is the struggle of what has come to be called free jazz, the musical and political culture which emerges in the United States in the 50s and 60s during a time of great social and political upheaval and experimentation.The immediacy and urgency of the art form provides us with, not just an experience, but a framework for thinking about collectivity, individualism, self-determination, and the many ways in which these processes and practices intersect with and enliven one another.
Make no mistakes about it, the implementation of alternative and radical politics, like those that can be found in and around the history of free jazz, at least within the United States, is difficult. Free jazz, like other social practices, is a difficult art. And it should be. NOW is no place for the passive, NOW is the time, and NOW is the place for difficult politics and difficult art.
A series of publications and audio releases, The Revolution in Music / The Music in Revolution faces this difficulty head on, summoning a constellation of ideas and regional histories that confront the relationship between free jazz and radical politics. Highlighting and advocating overlapping social and political practices, through booklets, books, records and more, the series makes current the past, and advocates for the political potentiality of the difficult.
Why printer? Why when I need to print 5000pgs you keep stopping every 8pgs in? Why do you hate me?
Watching the process of what, I assumed, was the dismantling of the entire house into a vacant lot, I couldn’t help but be upset. It seemed that this, all this, the suicide of our neighbor in the midst of the fear of losing his home; the continued harassment by the city of our former neighbor, political “yard artist” Andrew Moore, to the degree that, after dozens of code violations he did in fact lose his home; the proliferation of abandoned, yet privately owned, properties around the neighborhood that the city seemed to care little about; all of this felt too aggressively normal. By the book to a degree that its disregard for human life became absolved through bureaucracy.”
– from Trash: An Afterlife of Voiceless Objects by Sam Gould (coming soon in the Tools for Remediation booklet series)
Sitting in the shop and thinking about the various ways that Beyond Repair, as a project and not simply a site, needs to utilize publication to move ideas around a neighborhood. For one, when thinking about publication, it’s important to be light on your feet.
Publication, within these circumstances can be both object and / or action, noun and / or verb. Publication acts as the tool to move ideas around. This could mean a book, a zine, a parade, or a protest.
Lasting publications serve the publics they wish to energize and purposely avoid formalism for the sake of promoting agency.
Just before I was closing up shop today a woman walked in and asked what we were up to, a not untypical hesitant question that’s often something like, “And you are… what, exactly?”
In talking she asked how much time we put into “working with authors.” These conversations, interactions, it’s all new to us. New to me and anyone who walks into the shop alike. All of it looks familiar, and yet, it’s not. I’d argue that’s the point.
To explain what she was getting at she mentioned a 6th grade kid she knows, a neighbor, who has been alarmed by a number of armed robberies in his alley of late. He’s been drawing “monsters,” and they’ve been talking about how the robberies have made him feel afraid. She wanted to know if she and the kid could come down and talk it through. What could kids do to pragmatically and publicly address their fears, while also giving enough space to work through understanding the complexity of what’s at hand, for adults too?
The woman agreed that simply asking for more police wasn’t the answer, in that, while the 9th Ward might have a problem with crime, we equally enough have a problem with police.
Honestly, I don’t know. But I love these sorts of interactions and my real belief of where they can lead if you’re willing to take the time. Someone’s willingness to sit down and look at all sides of something is what turns “criminal” into “neighbor.” That’s not a way to avoid the facts at hand, it’s a process of making light of how all of our actions are interconnected and if you want something to get better it’s your job to help see that process through. And, at least from where I’m at, that doesn’t mean calling the police. It means making sure each of us feels secure in our lives and livelihood.
We’re working on a new series to be edited by Shanai Matteson and Sam Gould. It’s called Tools for Remediation. An on-going series of essays across experience, Tools for Remediation attempts to engage and pull apart what the editors consider a “culture of abuse” that, whether attacking, or under attack, limits our social and political responses solely within the scope of abuse and nothing more.
Below, a sketch of what the series might look like. More to come…
This seems to say something about the state of humanity that, as of yet, I still can’t put my finger on.
Calling all health care professionals:
Many “students of health” (LPN, RN, APRN, PA, MD, LICSW, PHN) learn about specific communities through studying “health disparity.” The neighborhoods of South Minneapolis’s 9th Ward – where Beyond Repair, and in turn the Midtown Global Market, reside – are sociopolitical landscapes that are often approached as “disparaging communities” within such training.
Seeing as neighborhoods suffering “health disparities” are often predominantly of color, as well as poor, and often are affectively rendered voiceless regarding their own health care needs, what does this say about pedagogy put into practice within the field of health? Furthermore, with these questions in mind, what role, in specific, does this play within pedagogy and practice considering the area around Beyond Repair and the Global Market are within reach of several well-recognized, large scale hospitals and health systems?
These will be continuing, semi-formal, lunchtime and happy hour conversations aimed at seeing how we, as individuals within health hierarchies, can leverage our skills and knowledge through publication and public-making towards more radical and decentralized practices within the neighborhoods in which we live and work.
Come with questions and considerations about how we can move our ideas across bureaucracy and into the public realm to assist those who we serve.
A beautiful and wide ranging conversation in four parts between composers John Cage and Morton Feldman. We’re hoping to transcribe this for publication within the next few months. This just screams, “read me,” right?
LET’S REPAIR YOUR BELOVED BOOKS!! TONIGHT – GLUE, BEER, TACOS, THE RESURRECTION OF BOOKS!!
We all need a little help to pull ourselves together right? There’s no difference when it comes to our beloved paperback books that have split their spines, seemingly never to be read again. And yet… we can’t stand the idea of parting with them.
Well, come on down to the shop tonight so we can lend you a hand. Bring whatever damaged books you have and we’ll glue them back together for you.
Pens and markers on hand to draw your own covers. It’s family night. Bring your kids. Imagine what your copy of Crime and Punishment will look like when you have your 6 year old draw the cover. Imagine how they’ll spell Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Re-Bind = $4 per book
$2 “coupon” off your beer at Eastlake with every book purchase.